Brill Encyclopedia of Early Christianity Online

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General Editors: David G. HUNTER, University of Kentucky, United States, Paul J.J. van GEEST, Tilburg University, Netherlands, Bert Jan Lietaert Peerbolte, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, Netherlands.

The Brill Encyclopedia of Early Christianity focuses on the history of early Christian texts, authors, ideas. Its content is intended to bridge the gap between the fields of New Testament studies and patristics, covering the whole period of early Christianity up to 600 CE. The BEEC aims to provide a critical review of the methods used in Early Christian Studies and to update the historiography.

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Zosimus (Historian)

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Author(s): Nuffelen, Peter Van
Zosimus (fl. 450–500 CE) can be dated to the second half of the 5th or in the first two decades of the 6th century CE. Before writing his history, he had been a counsel to the crown ( advocatus fisci), the highest position for a barrister, and he carried the honorary title of comes (“count”). He must therefore have been well trained in rhetoric and law. His history is entitled νέα ἱστορία/ nea historia ( New History), the meaning of which is unclear (contemporary history? history of a new kind?). It is the only work of history from late antiquity that expresses an anti-Christian vision of decline.Me…
Date: 2019-08-09